OKLAHOMA CITY – Rallying from a five-error game one loss, the University of Science and Arts’ softball team made play after play in the field to secure a 4-2 game two win to split Tuesday’s doubleheader at Oklahoma Christian. OC took game one 15-2 with the help of six unearned runs.
USAO earned an important split and moved to 13-13 overall and 3-7 in the league while OC moved to 16-11, 4-4. A big difference in the conference standings between the two teams is because the Lady Eagles have yet to face the league’s top-ranked teams – No. 2 Oklahoma City, No. 4 St. Gregory’s or No. 6 Lubbock Christian.
OC scored nine runs in the first two innings on eight hits and three USAO errors. Other than the sixth home run of the year for Leslie Beaty, there was little to cheer about in game one.
Game two was a completely different story as freshman pitcher Presley Tepe improved to 3-0 on the season scattering eight hits and giving up only two earned runs. The Drover defense came alive led by third baseman Sarah Jamison and Beaty at shortstop.
OC jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Tepe helped her own cause with a double to left field in the second. She scored the Drovers’ first run on a single by Pocasset’s Laci Weger. USAO took a 3-2 lead in the third inning.
Laurissa Eliason led off with a single up the middle, and she scored the tying run on a double off the centerfield wall by Beaty. Cattlyn Crotty drove in Beaty on the next at bat, and the Drovers held their one-run lead until the top of the seventh.
A leadoff single, a USAO error and a hit batsman gave OC its chance to tie or go ahead in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, the Lady Eagles lined out to Beaty and grounded out to Jamison on consecutive at bats to end the threat.
In the seventh, Beaty singled and stole second before scoring the insurance run on Crotty’s second hit of the day. USAO will travel to Shawnee for back-to-back series versus No. 4 St. Gregory’s Thursday and Oklahoma Baptist Saturday.